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Home Electronic Music Studio - DA signal paths and other questions.

Re-building my electronic music home studio with a new computer at the heart of it. Have lots of pieces but not sure of optimal setup/signal path. [more inside]
posted by erebora on Feb 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Spectrum Lasso?

What is the spectrum lasso tool being used at 4:00 in this video?
posted by phrontist on Feb 2, 2011 - 6 answers

A better iPad audio scrubber?

I'm trying to find an ipad app that'll allow me to replay small, short sentences from a recorded screenplay. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Feb 1, 2011 - 5 answers

The Senses of San Fran

What sort of sensory things - tastes, smells, sounds, you know the deal - are reminiscent or representative of San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 30, 2011 - 45 answers

Will an Android phone sound off the way I want it to?

I want an Android-based phone, but there's a specific feature of my Blackberry (relating to customizing sounds and alerts for specific contacts) that I don't want to go without. So, can this be done on an Android phone? [more inside]
posted by CrayDrygu on Jan 29, 2011 - 7 answers

Help identify this instrument / sound.

There is a certain organ sound used in a lot of old prog music. A grindy organ sound. A perfect example is here, starting at 2:48. What is the instrument, and, if applicable, what is the setting / tone / whathaveyou (for example, if the instrument were a Hammond organ, what button would be pushed / levers flipped / etc. to get that sound? If a Moog, what dials would be turned, more or less?)?
posted by Bugbread on Jan 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Respect my AskMah!

All day long I entertain grievances and herd cats. I would like a freestanding, attractive but affordable gadget, not requiring use of the PC, on which I could place as a sound recording "Respect my authoritah!" Ideally activated by pressing a large button. Could not find suitable device online. Ideas?
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Jan 13, 2011 - 14 answers

my office is alive with the sound of chewing

Why am I completely unable to stand the sound of someone chewing gum? [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator on Jan 12, 2011 - 26 answers

A strange sound audible 30 miles

What was this noise, audible 30 miles? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Jan 10, 2011 - 15 answers

Wireless sound for all...

I want to replace my current, cheap, crappy surround sound system. However, there are a number of components that need to be addressed to satisfy me. [more inside]
posted by AlliKat75 on Jan 6, 2011 - 8 answers

What's wrong with my laptop speakers?

My laptop speakers aren't working, but the sound is fine with headphones. What does this mean and how can I fix it? A few details inside. [more inside]
posted by threeturtles on Jan 4, 2011 - 3 answers

Sound notification for Wordpress hits?

Realtime sound notification of Wordpress blog hits? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Jan 3, 2011 - 17 answers

What sound driver do I need and why didn't Apple include it?

How can I get the sound to work on my MacBook Pro (2010 6,2 model) when I use Windows 7 (64 bit) via BootCamp? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Dec 23, 2010 - 2 answers

Choose any 3.

Help me find this gorgeous youtube mashup I stumbled upon once a long time ago. [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on Dec 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Best PMP with a voice recorder?

Can you recommend a portable music/media player that has a built in sound recorder as well? Must be really easy to use. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Dec 13, 2010 - 8 answers

Trying to locate a Sound Effects recording

I'm searching for an old BBC-style Sound Effects recording. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by The Discredited Ape on Dec 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Many Little Mics != One Mic To Rule Them All?

Is there an HDR equivalent for audio tracks? Can several low-to-reasonable quality recordings of a single event be merged into one high-quality recording? [more inside]
posted by awenner on Dec 1, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me pick out good computer speakers!

[Christmas Gift Filter] Help me get my boyfriend some nice speakers that he can use with his Mac Book Pro. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Nov 24, 2010 - 10 answers

What is the modern-day music composition process like?

Composers, musicians, songwriters: What steps do you take to create a piece of music from scratch? Additional questions about working as a composer, music software, planning processes, etc. inside. [more inside]
posted by matticulate on Nov 23, 2010 - 23 answers

(The music was) Faraway, so close

So I was listening to the sound check for the upcoming U2 concert yesterday from my house, which is just over 2km from the stadium. I could tell that the sound was immensely loud at the source even though it wasn't rattling my windows or anything. How did I know it was a huge sound at a distance rather than coming from nearby? What auditory cues tell us this?
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets on Nov 22, 2010 - 8 answers

Help Identify Music Used on BBC's The Strand

How to identify the music used to close today's 15 Nov. program The Strand on BBC World Service. I've searched the BBC Website(s) but failed to find it.
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Nov 15, 2010 - 5 answers

Could an old (16th Century) cannon be heard five miles away?

Could very old (16th Century) cannons be heard five miles away? This is pretty important for a story I'm writing. I know that later, huge artillery pieces could be heard for many miles, but these would be small iron pieces for a small military outpost. On a calm day, could their sound travel that far?
posted by bagadonuts on Nov 11, 2010 - 17 answers

Steady as she goes George Takei

This video is simply full of teh awesome. How do I make an mp3 of it? [more inside]
posted by eatdonuts on Nov 3, 2010 - 7 answers

Yamaha mixer muffling my vocals.

Mixer (Yamaha EMX 312 SC) is muffling the vocals. Awful sound. Help? [more inside]
posted by hasna on Nov 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Short Film about a Foley Artist

I'm trying to find the name of an old short film (circa 70's-90's) about a Foley artist / showman performing Foley sound effects live to a film that is being projected in an ornate theater, with a number of props laid out in front of him. [more inside]
posted by SmileyChewtrain on Oct 27, 2010 - 12 answers

How did they get that Steely Dan sound?

How did producer Gary Katz get those Steely Dan records to sound so much "cleaner" than the other popular music being recorded at the time?
posted by Joe Beese on Oct 26, 2010 - 10 answers

Splitter as a merger?

Is it possible to use an all female 3.5mm splitter backwards to allow two inputs into one set of speakers? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Oct 22, 2010 - 9 answers

Fishing in Puget Sound

When is really the best time to fish for salmon in the Puget Sound / Georgia Straight area? Is it exclusively a late fall/early winter sport? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Oct 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Why so negative?

Why does the sound system show negative db? [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Oct 20, 2010 - 12 answers

Sound mixer: How to record and play back different inputs?

I have a 14-channel mixer. During a live performance I want to play some channels to loudspeakers while simultaneously recording, but I want the recording to contain more channels that are not played through the loudspeakers. Details and diagrams within. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Oct 15, 2010 - 9 answers

Why do my headphones sound louder when I switch them around?

Why do in-ear headphones sound much louder when I put the left-labelled one in my right ear and the right-labelled one in my left ear? [more inside]
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars on Oct 9, 2010 - 6 answers

Suggest a podium microphone that is sensitive and won't pop.

Please suggest a replacement podium microphone with two main goals in mind: Reduce or eliminate popping noise from close talkers, and increased sensitivity for picking up people not speaking directly into it. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Oct 6, 2010 - 17 answers

What could be causing sound issues on my Windows 7 laptop?

What could be causing sound issues on my Windows 7 laptop? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Oct 2, 2010 - 2 answers

The roof is only mildly warm

How can I universally raise the volume of my Macbook Pro? My maximum volume frequently isn't loud enough. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on Sep 23, 2010 - 12 answers

Audio careers in film and television

I'm looking for information about careers in audio, sound and music within the film and television industries. Info like how to find an entry level job/internship, size of the industry, average income, etc for jobs like sound designer, audio editor, production sound mixer, dialogue editor, composer, foley etc. Thanks!
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Sep 20, 2010 - 2 answers

That's a funny accent you have there...

Is there a term in linguistics for the residual accent a non-native speaker has when speaking English? [more inside]
posted by Biru on Sep 17, 2010 - 11 answers

Need a very decent sound card that is affordable. Name that brand.

Recommend a very decent sound card that's also affordable
posted by watercarrier on Sep 12, 2010 - 6 answers

How good can a mobile phone speaker be?

How much could the speakers built into iPhones be auditorily improved if price were no object? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Aug 26, 2010 - 4 answers

Can anyone recommend me some ear plugs for sleeping?

Can anyone recommend me some ear plugs for sleeping? [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Aug 24, 2010 - 19 answers

Problem with the audio driver on a Lenovo T60P.

Problem with the audio driver on a Lenovo T60p. [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate on Aug 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me figure out what this summer sound is - frog, insect??

I'm trying to figure out what this sound is: specifically heard in the summer, in the woods - either a frog or some sort of insect I think (not crickets though). Could be described as "cheet-cheet-cheet-cheet" repeated. An exact example can be found in the very beginning of the R.E.M. song "You Are Everything" from the album Green. Super bonus question: would love to find a recording of this to purchase/download. Thanks!
posted by staveitoff123 on Aug 4, 2010 - 16 answers

How can I mic my doumbek so that I can play in a band with other amplified instruments?

How can I mic my doumbek (hand drum) so that I can play in a band with other amplified instruments? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jul 29, 2010 - 11 answers

What happens when digital audio is pressed to vinyl?

More and more bands these days are releasing their albums on vinyl, which I think is really cool. However, isn't most recording these days digital? In that case, does the vinyl copy provide any auditory advantage? [more inside]
posted by mekily on Jul 22, 2010 - 22 answers

Big baadda boom Leeloo Dallas multipass

Every few days there is a huge BOOM! that seems to emanate from Boston Harbor. It really echoes throughout downtown. What causes it?
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 19, 2010 - 18 answers

What's up with the noise?

Why do the pipes in my house make a groaning sound when the front sprinklers turn on in the morning? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Jul 1, 2010 - 3 answers

What is this buzzing/vibration in my house?

What is this recurring deep, loud buzzing sound (and vibrations) in my house? It only happens in one spot, and many members of the family have heard/felt it. (No, getting it checked out is not an option currently on the table, I'll explain below). [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jun 24, 2010 - 28 answers

Off-camera Movie sound: How does it work?

Off-camera Movie sound: How does it work? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jun 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Are Bose speakers worth buying at a significant discount?

I'm considering purchasing a pair of Bose Companion 3 speakers at a local retailer where I receive a hefty discount. I should be able to leave with them for roughly $175 as opposed to the retail $250. Is this a justifiable purchase? [more inside]
posted by vmrob on Jun 21, 2010 - 14 answers

Ecotune Duet Power Consumption?

Has anyone done a Killawatt (or similar) analysis of an EcoTune Duet sound machine? I am trying to find average running costs for this. Our current white noise machine of choice is a fan that runs at 38 watts. I've priced the rotary fan motor-based Marpac Sleepmate but at 13 watts max volume by Killawatt there just isn't enough delta between this and an actual fan.
posted by meehawl on Jun 20, 2010 - 3 answers

need airhorn

i need an airhorn for tomorrow (Saturday) - where can I buy one locally? [more inside]
posted by denaps on Jun 18, 2010 - 4 answers

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